Written by PETA
Not to brag or anything, but guess which organization near and dear to your hearts is a "Genius"? If you said PETA, you're right—at least according to L2, a think tank for digital innovation, which ranked PETA number one among advocacy groups and number three overall in their first annual Digital IQ Index® for the Public Sector. In fact, PETA was the only advocacy group to earn the "Genius" designation for digital competence (i.e., inspiring action via Facebook, YouTube, unique Web features such as peta2's Trollsen Twins site, etc.), earning a slot above the U.S. Army, and just below NASA and the White House!
Of course, these digital innovations are thanks to the wonderful members who make all of PETA's work possible. To become a PETA member, click here.
Written by Jeff Mackey
The latest spread in Us magazine features our favorite fur-toting trolls as they exemplify the ugly side of fashion. The haggard crones just can't seem to get enough of killing animals for their fur, whether they're wearing it, designing with it, or paying someone to rip it off the backs of animals.
When PETA Senior Vice President Dan Mathews was asked about a photo of Hairy-Kate dressed in a hideous fur vest, he said, "Fur adds 20 years and 20 pounds. Maybe Mary-Kate thinks this sad vest made of a dozen dead animals will make her look matronly and deflect the gossip about bulimia."
Think you've got a snappier remark? You know we want to hear it, so comment below!
Written by Jennifer Cierlitsky
Update: Unfortunately, we've discovered that Maggie Gyllenhaal was, in fact, wearing real fox fur. You can watch the saga unfold on Ecorazzi.
On Tuesday, green gossip blog ecorazzi posted a photo of Maggie Gyllenhaal wearing, as they said, "what looks to be an entire forest of animals." Tee hee, ecorazzi!
But after some detective work, ecorazzi was able to determine that, fortunately, Maggie's vest was a faux-fur item offered by Louis Vuitton—not the collection of animal skins it appeared to be. Excellent—it would be a shame for the eco-friendly Maggie to make a public appearance in an eco-toxic dead skin!
You know what I love about this story? We weren't even the ones who started this whole thing—the photos of Maggie exploded all over the blogosphere, and everybody wanted to know if the fur was real or faux. We got a lot of calls and e-mails, too, from a lot of people who were all hoping that Maggie's outfit was faux.
It's really heartwarming to see just how many people react negatively when a celebrity is spotted in what appears to be fur. It really goes to show you that fur is dead in more ways than one—between the celebs who wear only faux fur and the stylists who have to resort to lying about the faux-ness of their fur, it looks like the Trollsens are the only hags who still think fur is a good idea.
Written by Amanda Schinke
Because we love the fur-addicted Trollsen Twins sooooooo much, we were super excited when we heard that they'd be in New York today, just blocks from the PETA office here, doing a signing of their new book, Influence. (As far as I can tell, the book has to be a series of photographs of either Cruella De Vil or Anna Wintour—not that you can tell the difference). Well, we certainly couldn't miss such a great opportunity to visit them. So, figuring that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, we all put on our scary Trollsens masks, and off we went.
Would you believe that Hairy-Kate and Trashley wouldn't stop to talk with us? You'd think they didn't like our masks—and after we waited for them in the rain too! And what with me having gone to the same college as they did and everything (although I, ahem, graduated). Shameful, really—but what do you expect from girls who continue to promote the cruel and toxic fur industry, even after peta2 gave them the facts? Shameful, indeed.
That's right—the Trollsens never came out to say "Hi." That's OK, though—we got to talk to a lot of their fans (who knew they had fans?) and showed a lot of people the truth about the fur-loving Trollsens' "Full House of Horrors." (Can I point out that I'd never seen that video before? How had I never seen that video before?)
There's also a chance that I, in my Hairy-Kate mask, might have inadvertently terrified a small child. It's true, young man; the Trollsens are frightening. Beware.
Stumped about what to wear for Halloween? Forget trying to hustle up some horror out of a hockey mask, and for the love of all that is unholy, please leave that tired old Scream costume in the attic where it belongs. If you really, really want to scare the hell out of people this year—go as one of the Trollsen Twins!
Pelt-wearing party girls who don't give a crap that animals are gassed, electrocuted anally and vaginally, and skinned alive for their fur, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are a truly gruesome twosome. So, with Halloween creeping around the corner and our Trollsen Twins campaign in full swing, we thought, "Why not make Hairy-Kate and Trashley masks?" Then we thought some more and said, "Hmmm, why not give 10 of these terrifying things away?" Which is where you come into the picture: Just send us a comment telling us about your best Halloween costume by October 12, 2008, and you could be one of the lucky stiffs to walk away with either a Hairy-Kate or Trashley mask.
We'll contact the winners by October 13. Heads up, though: We can only send masks to people in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. … but that doesn't stop us from spreading the "troll-y" love—you can print your own mask here.
Written by Amy Elizabeth
When my friend Marta sent me an email last week asking me if she could have some of my hair, I didn’t even blink. Marta is one weird chick, and I’ve come to expect stuff like that from her.* But it turns out she actually had a logical (albeit somewhat disturbing) reason for the request: Those convention-flaunting pranksters over at peta2 have arranged for a very, very special birthday gift for our old arch nemeses the Olsen Twins.
And this isn’t one of those token gifts that just adds to the clutter—it’s something they can really use! Thanks to my colleagues at peta2, and the hundreds of peta2 Street Teamers who are chipping in to donate their hair, the Olsens will have enough genuine, certified “people fur” on their birthday to make their own fur coats for the rest of the year! And they won’t have to harm a single animal in the process.
If you want to get involved, you can check out our Trollsen Twins site for more information. And while you’re at it, take some time to watch Full House of Horrors again. Just because.
PopCrunch has the story.
*That’s what you get for refusing to take a tea break with me this morning, Marta.
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